Missoula Crime Report: Man Left Two Dogs in His Hot Car and Held Another’s Head Under Water
The Missoula County Attorney’s Office charged 18 new felony complaints this week. According to County Attorney Kirsten Pabst, 11 of those cases involved some form of violence.
“Six of those cases involved interpersonal violence,” Pabst said. “We charged a stalking, four partner or family member assaults, and a violation of an order of protection. There were three crimes that involved violence that were not against a family member. Two of those were assault cases and one was an assault on a minor. We charged a cruelty to animals. The defendant was charged with three counts. The allegation there is that he was holding a dog’s head under water and also left two dogs in his vehicle, with the windows only slightly rolled down, in over 90 degrees heat.”
Pabst said her office also charged one defendant with two counts of sexual abuse of children. That case involved an undercover operation with an FBI agent posing as a 13-year-old girl.
“We had one new criminal endangerment, but there were four counts,” Pabst said. “In that case, the defendant was driving and saw a car he thought belonged to his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend. He allegedly intentionally drove his vehicle into the back of the other vehicle twice. It turns out the vehicle did not belong to his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend, but it was just a family that was driving home from the fireworks. They had a baby and a young child riding in the car with them.”
In the property crimes category, there were two thefts, one burglary, and a forgery case.
“In the forgery case, the allegation is that the defendant allegedly forged a bail bond valued at $50,000,” Pabst said. “In one of the theft cases, the defendant allegedly misused benefit payments intended for her minor daughter for her own use, depriving that resource of over $18,000.”
Finally, there were two new methamphetamine cases. One also involved allegations of escape and resisting arrest.
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